Clionas Foundation GAA links have been strengthened as the charity has been selected as one of the GAA’s official charities for 2016.
The Foundation which was founded in 2007 provides financial assistance for children with a life limiting illness, but in particular and uniquely support families of sick children with the hidden costs of caring for their child. These include accommodation, transport, food and car parking. To date 300 families have been supported from the €1m which has been generated through fundraising initiatives and other generous donations.
Speaking after the official announcement in Croke Park yesterday co-founder Brendan Ring said “we were thrilled when we heard we were chosen, and aside from the financial donation which is fantastic the partnership with the GAA, with such a huge profile and membership at home and internationally will be so beneficial in terms of letting people know what we do at Cliona’s Foundation. We’re really looking forward to the year ahead and building a relationship with the team in GAA headquarters”
“We already have a very strong relationship with the GAA, through our partnership with Limerick GAA and also TJRyan , Limerick Hurling Manager and Ambassador for Cliona’s Foundation but this announcement is a massive boost to us in our continuing fundraising endeavours”
Five charities from around the country and representing a range of different causes were selected by the Association to be charity partners for this year and include The Cormac Trust; The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust; Shabra Charity Foundation; Pieta House.
Clionas Foundation GAA links are part of an on-going GAA initiative stretching back to 2010 that has seen the GAA select a number of specific charitable organisations and foundations each year in a bid to assist them in raising awareness about their work and also champion them in their fund-raising efforts throughout the coming year.
Aogán Ó Fearghail, Uachtarán CLG, said: “We are immensely proud of the position that the GAA holds within Irish society and of the work that we do at enriching the lives of our members and the communities in which they live”.
“As a people, the generosity of the Irish in helping others in times of need is well known. In the GAA we are an Association with a big membership and a big heart”.
“The charities selected for 2016, like those that have gone before them, are all in their own unique way doing work that is as phenomenal as it is inspirational in its effort to make an extraordinary difference to the lives of ordinary people”.
“We hope that through their link to the GAA as one of our official charities in 2016 that their work gains more deserving recognition and that their fundraising efforts are also enhanced.”
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